Mobile phones in Germany are usually referred to as "Handys". There are a number of companies that have different prices, phones and conditions. Unlike most landline operators, contracts with mobile phone providers cannot be terminated at short notice. Contracts normally run for 12 or 24 months.
Consumers also have the possibility of buying "prepaid telephone cards". These cards can then be used to make phone calls as long as there is credit on the card or until more money has been put on the card. No basic fee is paid using this system but call costs are higher. The prepaid card is placed in the mobile telephone.